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High in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, one of the signs along the Indian Ridge hiking trail which marks the boundary of the Mill Creek Watershed Area. The watershed provides the city of Walla Walla with the majority of its fresh water. (April 9, 2010)

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Officials urge fire defense preparations

Fire officials, who have been thinning fuel in the Mill Creek Watershed, hope homeowners will take the same steps ahead of fire season.

INDIAN RIDGE -- Although wildfire season is still months away, fire officials are urging rural homeowners to start thinking about how to defend their homes."It doesn't take a lot of work, just little things," such as removing combustible materials like pi

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